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7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

Canada

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    Christmas is not complete without snow, and Canada is ripe for snow all year round. That is why they play hockey so much. In a Canadian Christmas, you will be treated to a variety of fun activities in the snow, such as sledding, ice skating, and skiing.

    Canada did not fall out of the sky one day. It has an interesting origin. Find out about the French and British settlers that converged on Canada centuries ago to give this place its unique, quiet Canadian culture that we see today. They have great food too. Treat your tongue to many flavors of meat pies and grilled pheasant breast.

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    Dubai

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      Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates — a country in the Middle East. It lies in the desert, so you should carry bottles of water so that you do not dehydrate. There are mega size malls here filled with items from all over the world during the December holidays. Many classy events take place here in December, such as cultural festivals, fashion shows, film festivals, designer sales, and the annual Rugby sevens championships. If you are a people person and you love things, this is definitely the place for you this holiday season. It is a shopper’s paradise.

      New Zealand

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        New Zealand is a country in the South Pacific Ocean next to Australia. Sometimes you just want to spend Christmas away from the snow and bathe in the natural heat of the sun. New Zealand is the perfect place for such a getaway. While it is freezing cold in North America, it’ll be summer in New Zealand. There are many things to do in New Zealand. You could watch sperm whales plunge their enormous weights violently in the water, go hiking, or deep sea diving. You could set up bon fires and barbecues with your friends and family as the days wind down.

        Cambodia and Laos

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          Cambodia and Laos are located in Southeast Asia. The climate is hot and wet all year round. It would be the best place to escape the winter that graces many parts of the world in December. Laos has beautiful colonial towns. The countries are big and quite empty. They offer a good quiet holiday for married couples or small families that want to get away from the noise of cities. There are many species of birds to watch and plants to discover if you are a nature lover.

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          Indonesia

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            Indonesia is composed of many islands lying close together between Papua New Guinea and Thailand. In each one of these islands, you are surrounded by ancient temples and the sweet smell of incense. The flowers grow wild in the water, and the sunsets are so peaceful and divine. Indonesians have a thousand and one spices for their rice, noodles, and seafood. Sample them and find out how much they excite your taste buds. There are many surfing spots in exotic beaches with wild waves that surfers would love to challenge. Enjoy your surfing as you interact with friendly locals. Learn about the their culture and their way of life.

            Guatemala

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              Guatemala is a South American country bordering Mexico with a population of about 16.5 million people. The cultural heritage of Guatemala is a rich mix of Spanish settlers and Mayan traditions. You’ll learn a lot about the history of both if you go there. There are beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and impressive volcanic landscapes inland. Guatemala is warm all year round, no scorching heat to cause you ugly sun burns. You will love it!

              The Caribbean

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                The Caribbean are countries that surround the Caribbean Sea, such as Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. There are no beaches anywhere in the world that would match the perfection and splendor of those in the Caribbean. This place is a sunny paradise. The sands are blinding white, and the temperature of the water is just right. The waves dance lazily, and the sun smiles all the time. Along these beaches are ultra-modern restaurants, hotels, and villas that will take your breath away. You could order any food—Mexican, Spanish, African, or Chinese—name it, and you will have it on your table in a matter of minutes. The people here love to sing and dance. You will never want to go to sleep; nobody goes to sleep in the Caribbean. The nights are full of music, laughter, and partying.

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                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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